The Life Sciences and Healthcare (LSH) sector presents particular challenges for logistics providers. This is due to the sensitive nature of LSH cargo, the industry's specific transportation needs — such as temperature-control compliant to GDP requirements — and increasingly strict regulations relating to goods distribution.
So, in 2008, DHL Innovation Center launched DHL SmartSensor, cutting-edge monitoring technology specifically designed for the LSH sector. Recently, DHL SmartSensor reached an important milestone: since 2010, it has been used to monitor more than one million shipments worldwide.
'The internet of things' — where everyday objects send and receive data via network connectivity — has long thought to be the next big hi-tech disruptive innovation to make an impact on the world. But DHL SmartSensor was one of the first solutions to turn this idea into a reality. That's because SmartSensor's GPS and RFID technology offers near real time tracking of shipments and powers DHL's key temperature-controlled products including DHL Air Thermonet and DHL Ocean Thermonet.
DHL Air Thermonet exclusively uses DHL SmartSensor RFID for measuring ambient temperature during the course of transportation of LSH air freight shipments. Its data can be analyzed in retrospect via the online web portal and is available 24/7 worldwide.